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Harry Peterson-Nedry of Chehalem accepts the 2012 ORVI Award at this year’s Classic Wines Auction. Photo by John Valls

The 2012 Classic Wines Auction has raised more than $2.42 million for its four benefiting local charities: Metropolitan Family Service, New Avenues for Youth, Friends of the Children-Portland and YWCA Clark County.

This year’s total amount includes event sponsorships — such as presenting sponsors Bank of America and US Trust — as well as auction prizes, wine packages, attendee contributions and 45 winemaker dinners at Portland-area restaurants. 

More than 700 wine enthusiasts gathered at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 3 to attend the main gala, which began with the silent auction during a pre-dinner wine and food tasting reception featuring 50-plus wines and six food stations.

The main event began with a serenade by Master of Ceremonies James Curleigh of KEEN Footwear, followed by the live auction and five-course culinary feast prepared by guest chefs and paired with wines from both national and international wine ambassadors. 

“We are tremendously pleased with the outcome of the 2012 Classic Wines Auction,” said Heather Martin, CWA executive director. “The generosity of our attendees, donors and volunteers enables us to assist over 42,000 children and families in our community in truly meaningful and impactful ways.”

Since its inception in 1984, CWA has raised nearly $30 million.

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